Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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10 kilometres from the village Hafnir on your way to Reykjanes lighthouse, lies a series of craters, formed in the 1200s. The row of craters is around 4 km long, and the lava field they produced around 4.6 km2. Two craters are closest to the road and by walking 300 meters you are on top of the closest one with a breathtaking view of the pahoehoe lava field below and the Atlantic Ocean. The area is quite mystical, and you feel like you are on the moon or a distant planet. The lava lies in valleys, hallows, and beautiful formations all around. You can easily walk from the parking lot around the craters but there is no obvious path, and the area is very sensitive and should be treated as such.

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The location is just by the main road. A 300-meter walk in sand and lava is needed to get close to the craters. This walk is easy, even if a path is not obvious.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

This location is in Reykjanesbær municipality and only 20 minutes from Keflavík so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Keflavík.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 30 km
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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The area is owned by the government and very delicate. According to a park ranger, you would have to fix the area after you have been there.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

The craters lie 300 meters from a small parking lot that can be used as tech base. However, 2.5 kilometres away is a bigger lot, suitable for big basecamps, in Sandvík. There are no facilities at the location. Contacting a park ranger is advised, before you enter with heavy equipment and make paths in the sand. Phone coverage is excellent at this location.

Risk factors

The pahoehoe lava and sand dunes can be difficult to work in and tiresome. The ground is a mixture of sand, tuff and scoria cones, so taking care where you walk is necessary. The craters are volcanic rock and tuff so slipping is a hazard.


The area is a low tourist attraction and those who stop and take a look at the craters tend to stay only for a short while. With a park ranger, the area could be closed off easily with minimum manpower.

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